Britts Donuts

Not just a donut. Britt’s Donuts are the best donut experience you’ll ever have!   For generations of visitors to Carolina Beach, eating a Britts donut is a much anticipated rite of passage. You simply can’t vacation at Carolina Beach or Kure Beach during the summer and not have one (or two or three) of their famous delicious donuts. I guarantee that when you go back to work on Monday and tell your coworkers you vacationed in Carolina Beach the very first thing they will ask you is if you had a Britts.         

A Small Donut Store and Fresh Made Glazed Donuts

Britts Donut shop has been a consistent landmark on the Carolina Beach boardwalk since 1939. They are not a big, fancy place like Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme. They are a small store, only make one kind of donut, glazed, and they only take cash.  You can watch them make your donut right in front of you. They have a large frying vessel full of oil in the front of the store behind a large window. They roll out the dough and toss them into the fryer. When one side is done they’ll flip them over and when they are done they take a wooden stick and scoop them up a dozen at a time. They then glaze them (both sides) and hand them to you – hot and dripping. Your first bite with take you right to heaven and by the time you finish you’ll wish you had bought another one.  

A Donut With A Season, Concerts and Fireworks

Britts is only open part of the year, typically from Mid April through September. As a Property Manager I tell all my renters about Britts so they don’t miss out. Prior to Memorial Day they are typically only open Friday – Sunday so you need to be ready when you arrive and know their hours of operation. If you come to the beach on vacation and miss out, you’ll be disappointed but I bet you won’t make that mistake again. The busiest time for Britts is Thursday nights in the summer. The boardwalk is jammed with people who are there for the free concerts at the gazebo which start at 6:00 PM. Then, as the concert is ending – typically around 9:00 PM, they shoot off fireworks over the beach. I’d guess that a large majority of people who are there that evening stood in line and bought a Britts donut, probably a whole lot more than one.